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Human trafficking has taken center stage not only in Washington, where presidentObama outlined steps to combat the form of modern-day slavery last year, but in Oakland, California, where actress Jada Pinkett Smith says she is deeply entrenched in the cause and now in Atlanta, where “A Different World” alum Jasmine Guy is speaking out.

“I had no idea that Atlanta was such a hub for sex trafficking and slavery,” Guy said in an interview with HLN’s Kyra Phillips Thursday. “I thought it was an illegal alien problem, that they were shipping women in from other countries, but that our girls were being snatched from our streets and being forced into prostitution, that was beyond what I knew about,” she went on to say.

In January, the month President Obama declared to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Guy announced her involvement with NOtYours!, an organization committed to bringing national awareness to child sex trafficking, with an emphasis in Georgia.

According to a release announcing the partnership, the FBI named Atlanta as one of 14 cities in the nation with the highest incidents of children used in prostitution.

Last June, the FBI and a contingent of local law enforcement across the country recovered nearly 80 kids — including three children and five adults from Atlanta — and arrested more than 100 alleged pimps in a three-day crackdown on child prostitution.

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article courtesy of TheHuffingtonPost.com

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